The most attractive mountain refuges in Valais
From small mountain huts to large ultra-modern lodges, and from altitudes of 1,475 to 3507 m, Valais offers you a tremendous variety of accommodation at which to rest on your hikes. Here is our selection of 10 top refuges for you to discover in the Valais Alps :
Anenhütte – Lötschental
The concept of the Anenhütte, in the Lötschental valley, was developed by the engineer Peter Tscherrig. His philosophy is to respect the environment while taking account of modern expectations and needs. Located at an altitude of 2,358 m, the refuge is self-sufficient in drinking water and electricity.
Monte Rosa – Zermatt
With its strange shape and aluminium cladding, the Monte Rosa refuge is certainly one of the most original in the Valais Alps. Thanks to its south-facing façade covered with photovoltaic panels and other features installed by the federal technology institute ETH Zurich, the venue covers more than 90 % of its energy requirements.
Britannia Hut – Saas-Fee
Built in 1912 between the Chessjen and Hohlaub glaciers, the Britannia Hut is a monument to British-Swiss friendship. To thank the Swiss for welcoming them in their mountains, the Association of British Members of the Swiss Alpine Club had the refuge built with the requirement that a washroom with running water be installed – a modern innovation for the period !
FXB-Panossière-Hütte – Verbier
Located at an altitude of 2,641 m in the heart of the Combins massif, the Cabane FXB Panossière is named after the famous helicopter pilot and founder of Air-Glaciers, François-Xavier Bagnoud. The refuge offers a panoramic stop on magnificent hikes such as the Tour des Combins, the Tour du Val de Bagnes and the Chemin des cols alpins.
Lämmerenhütte – Leukerbad
Situated above the Gemmi Pass, the Lämmerenhütte has a splendid view of the surrounding peaks, including the Balmhorn, Daubenhorn and Bietschhorn. It is a starting point for hikes to Leukerbad, Kandersteg and Adelboden in both summer and winter. Numerous ibex and marmots live near the hut or the access road.